UAE Prepares To Trial First Driverless Truck At Dubai South
The tests will be conducted at the Logistics District and will help manufacturer Evocargo optimize the vehicles for the MENA region.
Dubai South, an urban master developer focused on aviation and logistics, has agreed to host a testing program for driverless trucks, which will be undertaken by Dubai-based firm, Evocargo.
The rigorous tests will take place at the development’s Logistics District and help to create a fleet of vehicles specifically configured for the climate and conditions of the Middle East and North Africa.
An on-site control facility will be built to manage the autonomous trucks, using remote operators and banks of sensors to monitor progress. The initial trials are aimed at “setting new benchmarks and consolidating the leadership status of the country’s logistics sector” and will help Dubai and the region as a whole to scale its logistics and supply chains for a globally-connected future.
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The worldwide autonomous vehicle industry is forecast to pass $1.8 trillion in value by 2030, which represents a staggering growth rate of 39%. The UAE has already undertaken several initiatives to bring driverless vehicles to its roads as part of a broader push toward sustainability and modernization.
As for the Evocargo vehicles, the company’s main truck, the EVO.1, has a lifting capacity of 2,000 kg and can carry six Euro-pallets at 25 kmph. The light truck has a total range of 200 km and can charge from flat in 40 minutes using a special charging station — or up to 6 hours from a regular outlet.
Evocargo’s Dubai South tests will be the company’s first venture into autonomous vehicles as part of a global logistics network, and represent a significant milestone for Dubai as it continues to lead the region as a city of technological innovation.
Adobe Firefly AI Image Generator Comes To Photoshop
The Generative Fill tool will arrive in the app’s tool palette sometime in the second half of this year.
Adobe Photoshop is the latest app to benefit from the explosion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, gaining a new tool called Generative Fill. The company’s AI image generator Firefly benefitted from the new feature in a web-only update back in March, and today, the Generative Fill tool launches in beta for the popular photo editing program.
Generative Fill is a little like a smarter version of Adobe’s existing Content-Aware Fill feature and works within individual Photoshop image layers. The tool can be used to expand the borders of an image (a feature known as outpainting) or to generate entirely new objects, and contains a text prompt to add direction to the AI technology.
Adobe claims its AI is only trained to work on Adobe Stock images, licensed content, and images without copyright restrictions. Generative Fill also supports a system called Content Credentials, which attaches metadata-style attributes to images before they are shared online, informing viewers that content was created or edited with the help of AI.
“By integrating Firefly directly into workflows as a creative co-pilot, Adobe is accelerating ideation, exploration and production for all of our customers,” announced Ashley Still, the senior vice president of Digital Media at Adobe. “Generative Fill combines the speed and ease of generative AI with the power and precision of Photoshop, empowering customers to bring their visions to life at the speed of their imaginations,” she added.
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Generative Fill isn’t yet available in the latest version of Photoshop, but if you’re curious about how the tool works, you can download the desktop beta app or try it out within a module of the Firefly beta. Adobe is still tight-lipped about the exact release date of Generative Fill, but says we can expect the new feature to drop sometime in the second half of 2023.